The ancestors of the Ringewoit family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived at Ringwood,
. Since in Old English the word hring
meant both circle and boundary,
it is thought that the name of this place indicated was a reference to the edge of a forest.
Early Origins of the Ringewoit family
The surname Ringewoit was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Ringwood. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in the year 1086, a survey of England
initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his Conquest of England
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D., Ringwood was held as King's land and the holder is not named. As was the Norman custom the second son of the Norman holder of the land assumed the name of the Manor and village. In 1086, the village held two mills.
Early History of the Ringewoit family
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Ringewoit Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ringewoit were recorded, including Ringwood, Ringewood, Ringwode and others.
Early Notables of the Ringewoit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ringewoit family to Ireland
Some of the Ringewoit family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Ringewoit family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Ringewoit arrived in North America very early: Robert Ringwood who landed in North America in 1753.